IT workers and lawyers 'worst for jargon'

Computer workers, finance experts and lawyers are the worst for using “annoying” jargon, often putting off bosses from using their services, according to a new report today.

Computer workers, finance experts and lawyers are the worst for using “annoying” jargon, often putting off bosses from using their services, according to a new report today.

A survey of more than 1,000 managers in the UK found complaints that too many professions used “brain straining” language which they could not understand.

Some of the worst examples included EDI (electronic data interchange), SCSI (small computer system interchange) and VOIP (voice over internet protocol).

A third of managers said they switched off when someone used jargon and one in four said incessant use of annoying acronyms was enough to put them off giving work to someone.

David Robertson, chief executive of Bibby Financial Services, which conducted the study, said: “Our research has shown very clearly that there is a strong dislike for overly complex language and confusing acronyms.

“Business people want to hear products and services explained clearly, leaving the confusing patter at the door.”

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